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Laos & Cambodia: Temples & Treasures

Resort:Laos & Cambodia: Temples & Treasures
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: Cambodia
Price From: £3895.00

Overview

Denise Heywood leads this tour throughLaos and Cambodia, where she haslived and worked. Begin in serene LuangPrabang in Laos, filled with glitteringtemples. Cruise on the Mekong river tosacred caves before flying to Vientiane.End the tour with a stay in Siem Reapto marvel at the mystical 12th-centurytemple complex of Angkor Wat, thelargest religious monument in the world.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos,via Bangkok

Fly from London (regional connectionsavailable) to Luang Prabang via Bangkok withThai Airways and Bangkok Airways. (N)

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Arrive and transfer to the Villa Santi ResortHotel (or similar) for 4 nights. Luang Prabang,a world heritage site with 35 golden temples,is the best-preserved town in south-east Asia.Afternoon at leisure. Evening introductorylecture and welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Luang Prabang

Temple tour, including Wat Visoun, Wat Maiand Wat Xieng Thong. Along the way see othertemples, fine secular architecture and Frenchcolonial buildings. Afternoon visit to the NationalMuseum, formerly the royal palace, withfascinating collections of objects, paintings andcostumes. In the evening, see Heritage House,a perfect example of Luang Prabang™s secularbuildings, and enjoy a traditional baci welcomeceremony and Lao dance performance at thehistoric Puang Champa Cultural House. (B)

Day 4: Pak Ou

Today, cruise on the Mekong river to the PakOu caves, filled with Buddha images. Havelunch in a wooden cottage overlooking theriver before visiting a picturesque village tosee silk weaving, sericulture and mulberrypaper production. Late afternoon at leisure,with a chance to visit Mount Phousi at sunset followed by a visit to a night market, or listento a Gavarak storytelling accompanied bytraditional music. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Luang Prabang

Morning visit to the Traditional Arts &Ethnology Centre for a special privatetour, introduced by the centre™s director.Special private visit to a historic teakwoodhome furnished with antiques (subject toconfirmation). Afternoon at leisure or visitother temples, study murals and iconographyor visit The Living Land Company, an inspiringcommunity farm. (B)

Day 6: Fly to Vientiane

Optional visit to Vipassana Meditation Centreto learn meditation skills from the monks andtalk to them about their lives. Fly to Vientianeand transfer to Green Park Boutique Hotel (orsimilar) for 2 nights. Visit Patuxai Monumentand That Luang, the national symbol of Laos. (B)

Day 7: Vientiane

Visit Wat Sisaket and Wat Phra Keo, as wellas a special private visit with silkweaver CarolCassidy at Lao Textiles Gallery. Optionalafternoon visit to a private textile museum(subject to confirmation). (B)

Day 8: Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Fly to Siem Reap and stay 4 nights at theHanumanAlaya Hotel (or similar). On arrivaltransfer to the hotel where an afternoonintroductory lecture will be held. (B, D)

Day 9: Angkor temples

Morning visit to the early Roluos temples, theoldest group of temples, including Preah Ko,Bakong and Lolei. Afternoon visit to AngkorWat. Stay until sunset to admire the bas-reliefsof the Hindu epics. (B)to admire the bas-reliefs of the Hindu epics. (B)

Day 10: Angkor temples

Morning at Angkor Wat. Afternoon visit toAngkor Thom, the Bayon temple, Terrace of theElephants and Terrace of the Leper King. (B)

Day 11: Angkor temples

Morning visit to Banteay Srei, followed byBanteay Samre. Afternoon at leisure or optionalexcursions to less-visited temples. Exclusivefarewell dinner with authentic Khmer cuisine andtraditional dance performance at the historicRaffles Grand Hotel D™Angkor (or similar). (B, D)

Day 12: Fly to London, via Bangkok

Day at leisure. Optional visits to the AngkorNational Museum and further temples or localmarkets. Late afternoon transfer to Siem Reapairport. Fly to London, via Bangkok, with ThaiAirways and Bangkok Airways. (B)

Day 13: London

Early morning arrival into London. (N)